There are plenty of smart, sexy ways to wear your boyfriend’s clothes. If you have access to his closet, why not give a few of his clothes a try? We’re living in an era of metrosexuals and unisex outfits, which means your boyfriend probably owns something flattering for you to wear. There’s also a good chance at least some of his “boyfriend fashion” will look stylish on you. That doesn’t mean you should throw on anything from his closet that looks wearable. Stick to the tried and true. There are some specific pieces of menswear that blend seamlessly with current women’s clothing trends. If you pay attention, you can raid his wardrobe without making a fool of yourself. Hopefully, he’ll think it’s cute. Here are the items you should be borrowing from his closet.
Some say you should ask for his tuxedo jacket, but that seems a bit extreme. Don’t want to bite off more than you can chew. Settle for his unappreciated blazer. There’s still something surprisingly sexy about a woman in an oversized blazer. If you need a semi-formal jacket for work or a day out shopping, one of his extra sportcoats will do you proud. It can also add a touch of sophistication to your jeans and a t-shirt look. You’ll probably have to scrunch up the sleeves a bit and leave the buttons undone, but that’s a small price to pay. If your guy has jackets to spare, you should definitely be wearing one.
This fashion tip comes with a word of caution. If your guy’s watch is a family heirloom or he actually uses it during the day, leave it on his wrist. Should he own multiple watches or happily lend you his for a day, seize the opportunity. A masculine watch is just the item to anchor your armful of gaudy bracelets. In most cases, the bigger the better. If it’s too wide, just slide it up your arm or wear it like a bangle. Watches are the heaviest boyfriend fashion pieces because they usually have intense sentimental value. When a man lends you his watch, make sure you wear it with pride.
HIS BUTTON-DOWN SHIRT
You’ve probably stolen a “morning after” button-down many times already. Funny enough, it’s quite the fashion staple. A slightly big button-down is one of the most versatile pieces of clothing in boyfriend fashion. You can wear the shirt with leggings, jeans, or even underneath a dark, hipster cocktail dress. The only reason for you not to nab one of your man’s button-downs is if he’s in dire need of every shirt he owns. If he doesn’t have a shirt to spare, I’d go buy one. It really is that useful.
Boyfriend jeans are so mainstream you can buy them at the mall. This means you definitely need to nab a pair of his loose-fitting trousers. Find a worn, classic pair with a weathered look. If it has a hole in the knee or some frayed spots, even better. The worn look is so in now, you may even be able to pull off jeans he doesn’t want anymore. Grab a belt and some platform sneakers and you’ll be good to go. Everybody wins!
You can experiment the most with his sweatshirt. A casual crew-neck makes a nice streetwear top with your lace skirt or midi dress. With some subtle beads around your neck, you’ll be the perfect blend of haute couture and boyfriend fashion. If you’re lucky, he may even have the right slogan for a statement piece. There’s something both comfortable and edgy that makes a sweatshirt fashionable. It’s definitely worth exploring if his wardrobe is stocked and you want something new to fill out your wardrobe.
HIS BROWN BELT
Mens’ belts tend to be more rustic than womens’. If you need a Western chic-style casual belt, your boyfriend’s wardrobe is the perfect place to look. His plain, brown design will add strength and character to your outfit. If his belt is heavy and dark brown, wear it with low-slung jeans and a t-shirt or blouse. For a more serious 70s look, let down your hair and grab some aviators. Your guy’s belt is the ultimate opportunity to slouch without looking sloppy.
2010s recent 90s craze marks the official return of My So-Called Life and Claire Dane’s casual flannels. If you’re looking for a shirt to keep you warm and cozy on a windy day, dig one of these lumbersexual classics out of your man’s closet. You can wear it like a jacket, a button-down shirt, or tie it around your waist just in case. The flannel is a tried-and-true item of boyfriend fashion. You’ll be in good company stealing this shirt for a casual evening out.
Your boyfriend’s wardrobe is full of trendy fashion pieces. Borrowing is so much better than buying new stuff, so take full advantage. If you’ve got a man in your life, make him help you flesh out your 2017 wardrobe.
— Julie Grossman